Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

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During your visit to Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, observe as thousands of pilgrims come to praise the god Ganesa and to cleanse their spirits. Learn about the temple's turbulent history, including several attempts by the French to destroy the building, all of which were fortunately halted by fervent protests from the Hindu population. As you enter abundantly decorated halls, notice the 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs) engraved golden chariot made entirely with devotees' donations. Shops surround the temple, so you can purchase a souvenir to remind you of your visit. By using our Pondicherry online trip builder , you can arrange your visit to Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and other attractions in Pondicherry.
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  • A lovely colourful temple walking distance from White Town. Very popular with local people. Must visit in the afternoon to see the beautiful elephant, Lakshmi.  more »
  • This is a good temple of Vinayaka. There are idol replicas of various forms of Vinayaka - from Bali, Indonesia, Vietnam etc. in the temple.  more »
  • This Temple is located very near to aurobindo ashram. Vehicles can be parked in the parallel roads of the temple. The temple is very well maintained.  more »
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  • One of the old vinayaka temple I have ever visited. The elephant in the premises is very elegant and pretty well trained.
  • Pleasant place. Had been there several occasions to worship Lord Ganesa.
  • Very much crowded all the time. But very pleasant place. I noticed many devotees come here with new vehicle and one of the Pujari do the the ritual and give blessings to new vehicle.
  • Nice temple to visit while at Puducherry. They have an elephant that blesses you in return for cash. They bring it in the evening. There was some controversy in the treatment of the pachyderm but being in it's presence is humbling.
  • This is 500 year old temple with theertham and thalavirutcham vilwam, separate queues for dharshan and archana is a unique feature.Golden chariot & Silver Chariot adds beauty.Lakshmi Elephant of the temple is the pet of the pondicherry temple

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